Renovation-Headquarters Banner


Best Season To Paint

Question: My friend says that the best time to paint outside is in the spring or autumn when the paint or deck stain has more time to soak in because these are cooler months. Also the surface won't dry first like in the summer.

I always paint before the sun comes around but of course it heats up the surfaces when it hits. I think it's better to paint when it will get hot so the paint will get less dirt on it and the dries fast. Can you settle this disagreement. Does it matter which season you paint outside in?

Answer: Fall is the best time to paint, followed by Spring. The reason is not heat as much as it is humidity. Wood becomes saturated with moisture in the summer and when you paint you trap the moisture in the wood, this has the potential of causing rot.

Additional information on using paint primers and undercoats properly.